I know I post some pretty personal stuff on this blog in a high level fashion, but this is arguably my most personal blog post to date, so please bear with and enjoy.
Since I was a small child, I’ve only ever wanted to do two things with my life; I wanted to be a writer and a mommy. My first books were newspapers and my greatest joy was telling my JK teachers the headline on the Toronto Star every morning. I wanted to be like Lois Lane, only a million times cooler because how did a reporter not know she was dating Superman?!
As I got older, I had another dream; I wanted to sing. Not professionally, although I was on every choir and every musical and I even applied to a performing arts college just to see if I could do it. Amanda Marshall became my musical inspiration. Her lyrics always spoke to me, her voice was the greatest in the world and my first published work was a review of one of her albums. I used her songs for audition pieces, wrote essays about her. She was my musical idol.
Fast forward to June 18, 2012 at noon. Amanda Marshall called my house and I was honoured to interview her. I have never fangirled in an interview and I have been blessed to interview some of the world’s most famous faces and yet, this Canadian singer/songwriter brought out the teenage girl who belted “Let It Rain” in her high school gym. When the interview was over, I cried happy tears; it was arguably the greatest moment of my professional life. I was in awe and humbled that my teenage dream of interviewing my favourite singer (and she was cooler than I had ever imagined!) had come true.
I am telling you this because I need to extend thanks to you for this moment.
Why you? Because you’re reading these words right now! Whether you’ve picked up a copy of Windsor Social or read my blog, whether you’re a devoted reader or you’re looking at it for the first time, YOU ARE READING THIS. I don’t write for myself; I write for you. I want to tell you stories about the world around you. I want to make you think, even if for but a moment. I am so honoured and amazed that people read the things I write, even if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it does to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my words. It means so much to me.
There are three people in my life (besides my daughters) who inspire me to write. They are my two best friends and another person I hold dear. They know who they are and they deserve an even bigger thank you for encouraging me when I get burned out, for inspiring me to write things that mean something to me and sometimes even inspiring the articles I write. Thank you so much.
So, whether you continue to check out my blog or never read it again, know I appreciate the few minutes you’ve spent reading anything I’ve ever written. It’s an honour and pleasure and I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.